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Our favourite Afternoon Teas

For those of you who don’t know, back  in the early nineteenth century it is said that Anna, 7th Duchess of Bedford, complained of a ‘sinking feeling in the afternoon’ (at the time it was common just to eat breakfast and supper) and so she began to snack on sandwiches and little cakes. On returning to London, Anna invited the girls over to join her and so the tradition of afternoon tea was formed. To say the list of places offering tea now is extensive, is a bit of an understatment because London sure knows how to do an afternoon tea, but […]

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Caterina55 Review

Blink and you might miss Caterina55 amongst all the high rise glass towers in the Square Mile, a tentative sandwich board outside helps to guide in hungry bankers. Caterina55 offers authentic Italian food at a fast pace, with the emphasis really on fast food as reflected in the unwelcoming interior; this is not the place to head for a lazy lunch. Somewhere between a Pret and a canteen, Caterina55, has readymade sandwiches, baguettes and an assortment of mains, and beverages ready to go in chilled shelves where you then take your choice to the till to pay. You can also […]

Restaurants, Pubs & Food

Caterina55 Review

Blink and you might miss Caterina55 amongst all the high rise glass towers in the Square Mile, a tentative sandwich board outside helps to guide in hungry bankers. Caterina55 offers authentic Italian food at a fast pace, with the emphasis really on fast food as reflected in the unwelcoming interior; this is not the place to head for a lazy lunch. Somewhere between a Pret and a canteen, Caterina55, has readymade sandwiches, baguettes and an assortment of mains, and beverages ready to go in chilled shelves where you then take your choice to the till to pay. You can also […]

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Rhubarb Caters London Fashion Week

During London Fashion Week 12-16th September, creative caterers Rhubarb, will be supplying fashionistas with a range of tempting treats to keep them going during the busy week. Top label designers have had bespoke menus created for them like the carb free option for Fendi which has options like hand-chopped pesto with parmesan jelly, and watermelon tartare with a mango ‘yolk’. The party that we want to be invited to the most though is the Valentino party, with their sweet canapés such as elderflower marshmallow rolled in orange sorbet, mini doughnuts in coffee sugar and bubble-gum raspberry pavlovas. The clever folk […]

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Bumpkin Review

Forget what you know about pub food, Bumpkin, has banished microwaves in lieu of meals created with fresh ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients served in a rustic, dining room. There are several Bumpkins located around London; South Kensington, Notting Hill, Westfields and Chelsea, all with the same ethos of providing the best organic, British produce. We popped down to the South Kensington Bumpkin that boasts its very own private dining room which can host up to 36 guests as well as a few outside tables that we managed to nab. We started with Pan seared Scottish King Scallops served with […]

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Bumpkin Review

Forget what you know about pub food, Bumpkin, has banished microwaves in lieu of meals created with fresh ethically sourced and sustainable ingredients served in a rustic, dining room. There are several Bumpkins located around London; South Kensington, Notting Hill, Westfields and Chelsea, all with the same ethos of providing the best organic, British produce. We popped down to the South Kensington Bumpkin that boasts its very own private dining room which can host up to 36 guests as well as a few outside tables that we managed to nab. We started with Pan seared Scottish King Scallops served with […]

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The Arch London Launches Sorbtails

It’s well known fact that at The Handbook we enjoy good food and cocktails, so whenever we see a combination of the two it is always a pleasing experience. In this instance The Arch London has combined sorbet and cocktails to create…Sorbtails! These well named treats are a combination of classic English cocktails and refreshing sorbet. We can also rejoice in the fact Sorbtails are a much healthier alternative to ice cream as they are low in calories, fat and sugar. They are made from fresh ingredients and come in 3 delicious flavours; Pimms with fresh strawberries and cucumber; Gin […]

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Top 5 Picnics

With so many picnics in London to choose from we’ve rounded up five of our favourites!  If grass isn’t your thing: Four Seasons If the thought of sitting on the ground and kicking off your shoes brings you out in a cold sweat; the bugs, the chance you might get a grass stain, the whole nature thing,  then the Four Seasons picnic hamper served on the Amaranto terrace a table (aka civilisation) is the thing for you.  A basket filled with smoked salmon and cucumber, devilled eggs and roast beef sandwiches is accompanied by vintage tins filled with scones, clotted […]

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Top 5 Picnics

With so many picnics in London to choose from we’ve rounded up five of our favourites!  If grass isn’t your thing: Four Seasons If the thought of sitting on the ground and kicking off your shoes brings you out in a cold sweat; the bugs, the chance you might get a grass stain, the whole nature thing,  then the Four Seasons picnic hamper served on the Amaranto terrace a table (aka civilisation) is the thing for you.  A basket filled with smoked salmon and cucumber, devilled eggs and roast beef sandwiches is accompanied by vintage tins filled with scones, clotted […]

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Buddha Bar Review

As soon as we walk into Buddha Bar we are struck by the colourful lighting and chic interior of this Knightsbridge restaurant. Located just off the high street, this 450 capacity venue is filled with impressive décor like floor to ceiling crystallized dragons, and London’s interpretation of the signature Buddha levitating over diners in the ground floor. Once we are seated at our table we order cocktails, a definite recommendation is the BB Bellini; a Japanese inspired twist on the classic with a blend of peach and sparkling sake. It would have been easy enough to sit there all night […]

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Proms On The Roof

The Roof Gardens in Kensington are celebrating summer with a series of prom events. From 6.30pm – 10pm on chosen Wednesdays in August (6th, 13th and 27th) you can escape the rush of the city, leave behind your usual midweek cinema trip and enjoy live music. There'll be opera, soft jazz, a Celtic harpist, Spanish guitarist and string quartet performances all  in the beautiful setting of three stunning gardens.  Aswell as a cocktail on arrival, the bar will be open all evening, and on the food front, guests can choose from a selection of seafood, gourmet burgers, cold meats and cheese […]

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All Aboard The SS: Atlantica

All aboard who's going aboard! It's time to slip on a backless dress, throw on some art deco jewels and set sail on the Silver Sturgeon… On the 26th of July the SS: Atlantica Summer Voyage will embark from Savoy Pier and sail an authentic ship itinerary from the 1930s, as guests are transformed back to one of history's most romantic travel time periods.  The party features live bands, cabaret acts and dancing. Courtesy of Bourne & Hollingsworth, there will be three bars serving classic cocktails and Champagne. When passengers aren't kicking up their heels on the dance floor or trying […]

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